Back To School Brings Challenges And Excitement

Each fall, parents, students and teachers prepare for the upcoming school year— one that will surely bring exciting new classes, new friends and new opportunities. It will also bring some new challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Unfortunately, there is still a long road ahead to get our education system back on track, but together we can work toward reform and improvement.
As a legislative leader, I have strongly advocated for a fair, fully-funded and robust education system for our children. There is no greater resource to New York than its youth. They are our future leaders, our future innovators and our future entrepreneurs. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Assembly, in state government and with those charged with overseeing New York children’s education to give our kids every opportunity to succeed.
There are a number of expenses that families face with each new school year. Clothes, shoes, books and other supplies can often be taxing, especially considering the financial challenges New Yorker’s already face. In order to help offset the impact of those costs, I am proud that the Assembly Minority Conference has introduced measures to help save families money:

  • A.8170 establishes two tax-free weeks for the purchases of school supplies, including computer hardware and software purchases.
  • A.5214 would make college supplies a tax-deducible expense.
  • A.4350 provides a $500 tax credit to teachers who contribute or purchase supplies, pay for field trip costs or help with student expenses.

New York continues to suffer one of the worst tax climates in the nation. Overregulation and a poor business environment have made it even harder to bear the burdens of the upcoming fall semester. Further, education funding still suffers the effects of a sluggish economy. We must do all we can to give our children the items and education they deserve. In turn, they will keep our economy strong and restore New York to its place as a national leader.
Once school begins, there will be many youngsters waiting at bus stops, crossing streets and trying to navigate their way to and from school. I urge all drivers to use caution on the roads. Be extra careful around bus stops, schools and at peak traveling times during the beginning and end of the school day. By exercising care we can ensure the upcoming school year is safe and successful.
What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at and find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

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